If an unpublished writer sent an anthology of short stories to either a publisher or an authors agent, would that be too presumptuous?

I am thinking about compiling about twenty short stories in my own anthology and then giving the whole thing to an authors agent, but I am a little worried that could be writing career suicide, what’s your thoughts please?


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2 responses to “Anthologies

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  2. I don’t think the action is presumptuous in theory, but if you were to send them to someone, I think it’s important to find someone who is looking for unsolicited work. While it’s basically impossible to commit writing career suicide due to the nature of the field, it is easy to burn bridges if you don’t follow instructions given by an agent or publisher.

    Your interactions with an agent or publisher are very important relationships, not one-stop encounters. Sending a compilation to someone not expecting your work, when they clearly say they don’t want unexpected work, is the equivalent of taking a friend out for dinner then telling them it’s a date when it’s time to order, then leaving them to foot the bill. It’s awkward, if anything.

    I wish you the best of luck in submitting your work, and I’m sure you can find some publishers looking for work, if you look in the right places. You could always also try self-publishing to garner some attention!

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